April 25, 2013

Stanwick Sets BC Single-Season Goals Record in Win over Hokies

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sophomore Covie Stanwick scored a game-high five goals and set BC's single-season scoring record, leading third-seeded Boston College to a 10-8 win over sixth-seeded Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship from Fetzer Field on Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles (12-6) advance to play host and No. 1 seed North Carolina in the semifinals on Friday at 3 p.m. (RSN/ESPN3). BC extended its school-record winning streak to eight games with the victory over the Hokies (8-8).

BC scored four straight goals to turn a 7-6 deficit with 17:58 remaining into a 10-7 lead with 7:36 to play giving the Eagles their second-ever win in ACC Championship play. BC also beat Virginia Tech in 2011.

"We've been playing in a ton of close games at the end of the season which has become who we are. Our girls are doing a great job of winning close games," head coach Acacia Walker said. "It was about shooting. It was about draw controls, and it was about taking the best opportunity to shoot."

Stanwick's five goals gave her 57 on the year surpassing Lauren Costello's school-best 52-goal season in 2010. Sophomore Mikaela Rix and freshman Sarah Mannelly each recorded two goals and two assists.

"It was a great overall team effort. It was exciting to have a big win in the ACC Tournament," Stanwick said. "I've never gone to the second round so it's really exciting, and we're excited to play UNC tomorrow."

Virginia Tech posted the second half's first goal before BC responded with two consecutive tallies to take a 6-4 lead just over five minutes into the period. Stanwick scored her third of the game off a pass from Rix before Mannelly scored her first of the contest.

After a 3-0 Hokie run, the Eagles answered with their four straight goals to take a 10-7 lead with 7:36 to go. Rix scored the run's first goal, her second of the game, wrapping around the goal to her right before firing a shot past the goalie. Mannelly then scored a highlight-reel goal, picking up a loose ball in front of the crease and snapping a shot behind her head into the back of the goal to put BC up for the duration.

Stanwick scored the streak's next two goals - the first off an assist from Rix and the second off a feed from Mannelly. Virginia Tech scored the game's last goal with 3:34 left after the Eagles held the Hokies scoreless for over 14 minutes.

After the Hokies struck first in the game, Moira Barry scored BC's first goal to tie the game, 1-1, just over seven minutes into the contest. Rix then scored the Eagles' second goal in a row - attacking from right to left - to give BC a 2-1 lead with 20:57 left in the first half. Virginia Tech knotted the score at 2-2 just over a minute later.

Stanwick then scored back-to-back goals to push BC's lead to 4-2 with 7:30 remaining in the first. Her first tally - off a pass from Mannelly - gave her BC's single-season goals record, and she notched her second goal off a pass from Cali Ceglarski shortly after a restart on a free position shot. The Hokies scored once more before the break to cut BC's lead to 4-3 at halftime.

Game Notes:
BC beat Virginia Tech for the second time this season; BC won 15-7 on March 9 in Blacksburg, Va. ... Covie Stanwick scored four or more goals in a game for the seventh time this year; Stanwick had nine goals combined in the two meetings with the Hokies this season ... BC improved to 9-0 when leading at the half and 8-0 in games decided by 1-3 goals.


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